Great article. How I wish more Americans understood how our economy and society was transformed by deliberate policies. We exalted the rich and bought into the myth of trickle down; we abandoned our manufacturing base for finance; and allowed our political system to be warped by wealth. I wonder if we would see the deep social divisions we see today if Americans had gotten hip to this con decades ago. Now it's too late.

Brian Tanguay writes about politics, culture, and books. Co-founder of the California Review of Books and the long running blog, Shouts from the Balcony.

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